Hello Spring

So it is officially spring. Hurrah! The days are edging towards more light than dark and there's a whiff of hope in the air for sunnier, warmer times.

So let's celebrate with this beautiful bright July wedding, where the couple made the very most of DIY and family favours to pull in their dream day on a tight budget. The guests brought the food, a friend made their cake and their decorations were origami masterpieces. Cat's preloved gown looks like it was made just for her and the pops of sunshine yellow throughout the day are making us cheer on the summer.

Who says amazing has to cost the earth?

- Photography by Brett Symes

 

The Wedding Haka

Although for most of us, our existing impression of the Haka is a team of strapping blokes in a rugby kit serving some serious tongue-pulling sass to their opposition before the match; its cultural roots go much deeper than that.

In the Kahungunu iwi tribe from the Hawkes Bay area of NZ, a Haka is a display of unity. A performance like this one, at a wedding, is a show of love and respect for the bridge and groom and their future life together.

This particular Haka - the Tika Tonu - depicts the story of a father telling his son that no matter what faces him in life, the solution to every problem lies within him. 

This is some serious goosebump-raising stuff. We suggest you take a couple of minutes to enjoy what is the most beautiful of spectacles.

And prepare for a mighty shiver down your spine.

- Translation source

 

Translation of Tika Tonu

What is right is always right!
In - deed! 
What is right is always right!
Ah... yes! 
Be true to yourself, my son!
My concerns have been raised about you, so pay attention!.... .
What is this problem you are carrying?
How long have you been carrying it for?
Have you got that? Right, let's go on.
So son, although it may be difficult for you
and son, although it seems to be unyielding
no matter how long you reflect on it
the answer to the problem
is here inside you.
ndeed! Indeed! Indeed! Yes, indeed!

Kristina & Ryan - A Love Story

When it comes to wedding highlight videos, this one right here sets a brand new standard internet-wide. It doesn't just share the story of Kristina and Ryan's day, but of their relationship and their life together.

Being witness to a love captured so intimately is truly a thing of beauty.

Prepare to get a little watery eyed and warm fuzzies. It's a good'un.

 


Surprise Wedding

Nohelani and Joseph invited their friends and family to what they claimed was their engagement party. Little did the guests know that the couple had actually been planning their wedding day in secret to reveal as a surprise on the day. 

We love the spontaneity of this idea, and the fact that the wedding day was purely the bride and groom's, with no input from anyone else. Not to mention the sun drenched, flip flop-wearing beauty of it all. One to moon over as we're plunged into winter, eh?

 

When Richard Married Sonali

We're not going to lie, the first thing that caught our eye for Richard and Sonali's wedding was her dress ... in all its chic, fifties beauty. But a little flick through the rest of their photos turned into a heart-eyed pawing with plenty of ooo's and aaah's. 

Whether it's the super trendy warehouse location with a vintage twist or the design-eyed attention to detail that does it for you, this wedding drips in effortless style and magazine-worthy aesthetics. Enjoy.

- Photography by Jodie Chapman